Sunami are a huge part of the recent California come-up that is occurring in hardcore. Sitting on the side of pure aggro and aggression, their down-tuned and dirty brand of destruction has captured the imagination of not just their local scene but the worldwide community. From their debut three-track single in 2019 to their iconic split with Gulch in 2021, theirs has been a journey that has picked up the pace over the course of the pandemic years. But now it’s time for their first full-length, and it is as ignorant and intense as you would ever hope it to be.
SUNAMI (LP) has been surprise-released by the legendary Triple B Records. Clocking in at just over 17 minutes across eight tracks, it’s a short, sharp and savage affair. Trimming the fat and delivering impassioned, powerful and proud declarations of bludgeoning dancefloor-filling noise, it’s the band’s finest moment so far. From the animalistic gang vocals of “Dirty Work” and the blink-and-miss-it chaos of “No Heart” to the vital protest of “Contempt of Cop” and pulverising pace of “Defraud”, it is a breathless experience.
Oh, and if you’re in LA this weekend, the band have created their own item for the excellent Burgerlords. There’s a burger and a slushy and a special T-shirt, which is the coolest thing ever.